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Stage Entertainment and Syco Entertainment are delighted to announce full casting for I CAN’T SING!, the brand new musical comedy from Harry Hill & Steve Brown which opens in the West End next Spring.

As previously announced, Olivier Award-winner NIGEL HARMAN will play X Factor supremo Simon, with CYNTHIA ERIVO (recent Evening Standard Award nominee for The Color Purple) and ALAN MORRISSEY as lovestruck contestants Chenice and Max.

Joining Nigel on the judging panel will be ASHLEY KNIGHT as the ever-positive boyband manager Louis and VICTORIA ELLIOTT as pop queen JordySIMON BAILEY will play the overly affectionate X Factor host Liam O’Deary, with BILLY CARTER as Executive Producer and Simon’s right hand man, Gerard Smalls.

SIMON LIPKIN plays Chenice’s faithful canine sidekick Barlow and JOE SPEARE is her iron-lung bound Grandad.

Along with Chenice and Max, the I CAN’T SING! hopefuls include KATY SECOMBE as supermarket checkout chanteuse Brenda, CHARLIE BAKER as The Hunchback and SHAUN SMITH and ROWEN HAWKINS as hyperactive Irish pop duo Alterboyz.

The I CAN’T SING! cast is completed by Luke Baker, Adam J Bernard, Jenna Boyd, Cyrus Brandon, Gabrielle Brooks, Scarlette Douglas, Kelly Ewins, Scott Garnham, Cherelle Jay, Faisal Khodaukus, Jaye Marshall, Brian McCann, Max Parker, Joseph Prouse, Steven Serlin, Kirstie Skivington, Philippa Stefani, Gary Trainor and Alex Young.

Harry Hill said “I worked with a lot of our cast in the workshops for I CAN’T SING! and we have some brilliant new faces too.  I’m thrilled with the acting company we have on board - and it’s a coup to have Nigel Harman as Simon.  He was so funny in Shrek the Musical - not so much in Downton.  With the wig and teeth he looks more like Simon, than Simon.”

Harry Hill introduced Nigel Harman as Simon for the first time on the Royal Variety Performance, as the cast performed a medley of the songs Please Simon and the title number, I CAN’T SING!, on stage at the musical’s forthcoming home, the London Palladium.

X Factor musical I Can’t Sing! looking for 250 people to appear ‘on set’ at the London Palladium

Es Devlin and Sean Foley, the Designer and Director of I Can’t Sing!, are offering members of the public the chance to star in the forthcoming musical comedy at the London Palladium.

In a pivotal scene in the side-splitting new show, Chenice, the story’s heroine, stumbles upon a queue of star-struck singers outside the X Factor studio ready to audition. As part of the production’s spectacular set, the line of hopefuls in the queue will be made up of photographs of the public, selected by Devlin and Foley and appearing in the show at every performance.

Renowned London based photographer Seamus Ryan will take photos of 500 people, from which 250 lucky new West End faces will be selected to ‘appear’ in the show’s set PLUS a pair of tickets to see the show (and themselves) during the previews for those whose picture is selected!

Anyone wishing to star in the unique I Can’t Sing! Hopefuls Line Up should download the application form here. Entrants will be required to come to the London Palladium for the photo shoot on Saturday 9 November, between 9am – 5.30pm. The first 500 people to sign up will then be allocated a more specific time slot. The only stipulations are that entrants should be over 18 and producers are keen to see a full cross section of society! All entrants will be photographed individually.

PRINCIPAL CASTING ANNOUNCED – Nigel Harman to play the role of Simon Cowell

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Stage Entertainment and Syco Entertainment are delighted to announce casting for I CAN’T SING!, the X Factor Musical by Harry Hill and Steve Brown. Tickets for the brand new comedy are now on general sale ahead of the world premiere of I CAN’T SING! at the London Palladium on WEDNESDAY 26 MARCH 2014, with previews from THURSDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2014.

Olivier award-winner Nigel Harman will play X Factor supremo Simon Cowell, with The Color Purple’s Cynthia Erivo and Alan Morrissey as lovestruck hopefuls Chenice and Max.

Nigel Harman’s extensive stage credits include Guys and Dolls, directed by Michael Grandage, and Three Days of Rain, opposite James McAvoy, in the West End. Other theatre credits also include The Caretaker (The Crucible Sheffield), The Common Pursuit (Menier Chocolate Factory), Public Property (Trafalgar Studios) and A Chorus of Disapproval (West End). In 2012 he won the Olivier Award for his performance as Lord Farquaad in the West End production of Shrek the Musical. On television Nigel is best known for his award-winning role as Dennis Rickman in BBC 1’s Eastenders. Other TV credits include The Outsiders (ITV), City of Vice (Channel 4), and Hotel Babylon (BBC). This autumn Nigel will star in the fourth series of ITV’s Downton Abbey.

Cynthia Erivo’s theatre credits include The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Gielgud Theatre), Sister Act The Musical (UK Tour), LIFT (Perfect Pitch/Soho Theatre), Marine Parade (Brighton Festival), I was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky (Theatre Royal, Stratford East) and The Three Musketeers and the Princess of Spain (ETT, Belgrade Theatre, Traverse Theatre). She is currently receiving unprecedented critical acclaim for her lead performance as Celie in The Color Purple at the Mernier Chocolate Factory.

Alan Morrissey’s theatre credits include Boiling Frogs (Southwark Playhouse), Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe), Twelfth Night and As You Like It (RSC), and Salad Days (Bristol Old Vic). His Television credits include Endeavour (ITV), Holby City (BBC) and Doctors (BBC).


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